Things we learn from this Wall Street Journal article about the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA:
- He’s working on a few concept albums, the first one, titled ‘Dark Matter’, is about the solar system and will be released in the fall.
- He worked with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and cosmologists from MIT and Cornell on the science aspects of the album. As for the music, GZA is teaming up with composer and producer Marco Vitali, a Juilliard-trained violinist, to help score the record.
- He plans to package ‘Dark Matter’ with a short illustrated book containing the album’s lyrics and a glossary of science terms that GZA describes as “an epic textbook”.
- The second album will be about the oceans, a subject he’s learning more about with visits to the labs of marine biologists and researchers, as well as meetings with the likes of Philippe Cousteau.
- He’s got ‘Liquid Swords 1.5’ in the works where he’s going to re-record the lyrics to his classic 1995 album, but this time instead of samples he’ll be backed by live bands in the studio — hopefully The Roots, but it would be cool to hear a panoply of bands interpreting the sound textures.
- This makes his appearance at MIT recently make so much more sense.
- Holy fucking shit! The GZA teamed up with Neil DeGrasse Tyson for a hip-hop album about outer space. Chew on that for a moment.
- There aren’t enough explanation points in the world for this post.
- All of this continues to make GZA my favorite member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but also probably hip-hop in general.